1. Hello, listening friends.
2. Welcome again to this broadcast.
3. If you have not listened to the broadcast before, we are talking about the Ten Commandments;
4. and, today, we’re going to talk about the Second Commandment.
5. I think most parents have a desire in their hearts to leave their children some sort of inheritance.
6. Parents and grandparents work hard in order to put something away for their children and grandchildren.
7. Of course, in some situations, I have seen how easy money can ruin lives.
8. A friend of mine used to say that leaving your children a financial inheritance without a spiritual inheritance is a disaster.
9. The Second Commandment
10. is not only a stern warning against worshipping God the wrong way,
11. but is a warning about worshipping the wrong way and passing that wrong way to the next generation.
12. The First Commandment has to do with worshipping the right God;
13. and the Second Commandment has to do with worshipping the right God, the right way.
14. The First Commandment tells us that we must reject false gods;
15. and the Second Commandment tells us that we must not worship the true God in any form of man-made image;
16. and that is why this Commandment is very relevant to every believer in Jesus Christ.
17. Again, if you have your Bible with you, please turn to Exodus, Chapter 20 and verse 4.
18. Here’s what the Second Commandment said:
19. “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or the earth beneath or the water below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
20. This Commandment falls under four headings.
21. First, the precept.
22. Secondly, the premise;
23. then, the premonition;
24. and, then, the promise.
25. What is the precept here?
26. It is very simple.
27. Do not create any representation of God, whether that representation is carved by hand or created in your imagination.
28. That’s the precept;
29. and I don’t want you to misunderstand this Commandment.
30. There is a world of difference between artistic design and the worship of these works of art;
31. and that is why the second part of this precept says, “You shall not bow down to them, nor worship them.”
32. It must not take place;
33. but please listen carefully to what I’m going to tell you.
34. Some people also make idols out of pastors and teachers and priests.
35. They may not bow down to them, but they follow them to the point of adoration;
36. but teachers and preachers are simply instruments of God.
37. In the Book of Exodus, God’s people worshipped Him wrongly
38. by worshiping an image they created to represent God.
39. When God’s people became impatient with Moses, they created a bull and they bowed to worship it;
40. but they were not really worshiping a bull.
41. As far as they were concerned, they were worshipping Yahweh;
42. and they said to themselves, “Yahweh represents power…”
43. and the symbol of power was a bull;
44. so, they poured their wealth and their gold and their silver, and they made that bull image;
45. but, in their false worship, they were focused only on one aspect of God;
46. and that’s what idolatry does.
47. People today are worshipping all kinds of false representations of the true God;
48. and the tragedy is they think that they’re worshipping God;
49. but God said, “Do not make an image of Me.”
50. Now, this is the precept.
51. What about the premise of the precept?
52. What is the reason for the rule or the Command, “You shall not bow to idols?”
54. “For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God.”
55. Why should you not confuse God with representations of God?
56. Because, sooner or later, you will focus on the representation and forget the real thing;
57. and God does not want us to focus on that representation out of love for us.
58. Some of you probably are saying, “What does love have to do with jealousy?”
59. Does God forbid us from making any association with Him because He is a jealous God?
60. In the truest sense of the word, jealousy is not bad.
61. We often confuse the word “jealousy” and we use it in the wrong way.
62. We sometimes talk about jealousy, when we really mean “envy;”
63. and they are two different things.
64. The word “zealous” or “zeal” means to “guard that which is rightfully yours.”
65. That’s what jealousy does. It guards that which is rightfully yours.
66. That is very different from envy;
67. and that’s what God means when He talks about being jealous about His children.
68. When God sees His children in the grip of another, He becomes jealous.
69. Whatever that god may be, that makes God jealous.
70. Do you know why?
71. Because God’s love for His children is an exclusive love;
72. because God is passionate about you;
73. and that is why He becomes jealous when He sees you in the grip of another god.
74. When you are more concerned about your likings and dislikings than God’s glory,
75. when you are more in love with yourself than with Him,
76. when you are more in love with your possessions than you are with Him,
77. God becomes jealous.
78. God’s jealousy is a protective jealousy,
79. because He knows that idols are terrible for you.
80. He knows that idols ultimately are very destructive in your life,
81. because He knows that idols have the power to limit God in your life.
82. He knows that idols have the power to obscure God in your life;
83. and He knows that idols have power to control you,
84. that idols have the power to blind you to the Truth.
85. Idols have the power to rob you of the blessings that God wants to give you;
86. and God loves you too much and that is why He becomes jealous when He sees you flirting with idols.
87. God loves you too much and that is why He becomes jealous when He sees you obsessed with something or someone.
88. Someone said, “Jealousy is God’s love protecting itself...”
89. so we saw the precept, or the rule, of God.
90. Secondly, we saw the premise, or the reason, for the rule of God.
91. Thirdly and fourthly, we have the premonition and the promise.
92. What is the premonition, or, the warning?
93. Listen carefully, please, my listening friend.
94. The premonition is that, if you persist in breaking the Second Commandment, then not only will you suffer, but the next generation is going to suffer as well.
95. Let me explain something to you.
96. Idolatry is the perversion of what is real.
97. Idolatry takes something good and twists it.
98. Idolatry takes something that belongs to God and turns it against God.
99. You see, idolatry is a way of showing hatred to God, whether you are conscious of it or not.
100. The principle is this:
101. that the fathers who hate God are going to have children who hate God.
102. Children often are impacted by their parents;
103. but there is more to this warning.
104. God holds families responsible for their conduct as families.
105. Now, please don’t misunderstand me.
106. It doesn’t mean that God’s grace cannot invade a family of parents who are godless and the child becomes converted to Christ.
107. In fact, God stresses individual responsibility.
108. In Ezekiel 18:20, he says, “The soul that sins, it shall die...”
109. but there is something, here, in the Second Commandment I don’t want you to miss.
110. God said that He will judge those who hate Him to the third and fourth generation.
111. People often make the mistake of thinking that the Second Commandment means that the fathers are guilty, but the children get punished.
112. That is not what it means at all;
113. but often parents who hate God have children who hate God.
114. The general principle is that the fathers who curse God will produce children who curse God;
115. but it doesn’t mean that God’s grace cannot invade and convert someone in a family like this;
116. so God gives us the precept, or the rule;
117. and, then, He gives us the premise, or the reason, for the rule;
118. then, He gives us the premonition, or the warning, for not keeping the rule;
119. but the best part is the last part, which is the promise of keeping His command.
120. Look at the promise of God with me, please.
121. Right at the end of the Second Commandment,
122. there is a contrast.
123. God judges those who hate Him to the third and fourth generation;
124. but, then, those who love Him are going to be blessed for a thousand generations.
125. My listening friend, when you comprehend this, it will make you rejoice;
126. because this contrast tells me that judgment is very strange to God, but grace is very natural to Him.
127. Isn’t that wonderful?
128. Judgment is the exception, but He does it because of His justice and righteousness.
129. God’s judgment is not because He enjoys judging.
131. because God loves pouring grace on you;
132. and that is why the contrast between four generations and one thousand generations.
133. Let me speak to the parents just for a minute.
134. This promise should make you far more concerned about leaving your children a spiritual legacy than anything else.
135. This promise should make you determined to leave your children and your grandchildren a legacy of passion for God.
136. This promise should compel you to leave a role model of love for Jesus Christ, not love for money.
137. Every time you remove one of the idols in your life,
138. your blessing will be far greater than you can imagine.
139. Every time you destroy an idol in your life,
140. it will bring you untold treasures of grace and mercy and blessings.
141. Every idol that you strike down and break down,
142. from that will pour out answers to prayer that you have been waiting for so long.
143. In some cases, God delays answers to prayer until you deal with the idols in your life.
144. My listening friend, listen to me very carefully, as I conclude.
145. Only you know what these idols are.
146. Only you can say to the Lord Jesus,
147. “Lord Jesus, with Your power and with Your strength, I strike a blow at these idols in my life.
148. I will not let them rule my life.
149. I will not let them dominate my thoughts.
150. I will not let them rob me of the blessing.”
151. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessings.